Our Catholic schools are constantly striving to offer academic excellence and an education based on Gospel values.
I commend the teachers, principals, staff and administrators who have committed themselves to the mission of Catholic education. For the parents who make many sacrifices to provide a Catholic education for their children, I have deep admiration.
This Catholic Schools Week I am particularly excited about the report of a strategic planning committee on Catholic Elementary Schools that I appointed in 2011 to do an in-depth study of our schools “to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of Catholic schools.”
Last fall the committee completed its work and issued a report and an executive summary: Reach for the Future: A Blueprint for Excellence / Catholic Elementary Schools in the Diocese of Dallas, and the Strategic Planning Committee’s Report on Catholic Elementary Schools Executive Summary and Goals and Recommendations.
Six important areas are highlighted in the report: academic leadership; curriculum and instruction; Catholic identity — faith, community and relationships; school structure; operations, and diocesan support, governance and facilities.
Every parent — no, every Catholic — should read this blueprint for the future of Catholic education in the Diocese of Dallas. It is available on the Diocesan website (www.cathdal.org/schoolreport).
It is a challenge and an opportunity for us to shape the future — together as parents, teachers and administrators.
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